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Weather causing delay on India mango crop ...

Cold delays Alphonso mango's arrival in Mumbai
Published: Thursday, Mar 1, 2012, 8:45 IST
By Dhaval Kulkarni | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Alphonso lovers may have to wait longer to savour the king of fruits. The constant fluctuations in the weather may affect the crop and delay the onset of the mango season.

‘Hapoos’ mango growers in the Konkan say adverse weather conditions will lead to the crop coming out in the market only in April. The freshly harvested fruit from Deogad and southern parts of the Konkan generally hits markets in February-March, followed by mangoes from Ratnagiri and other northern areas.

Mangoes are grown on 1.64 lakh hectares in the four districts on the Konkan coastline.

Dr Vivek Bhide, who owns mango orchards in Ratnagiri, said a prolonged winter and temperatures in the Konkan belt dipping below 10 degrees Celsius had affected the crop.

He added that the variation in maximum and minimum temperatures was also likely to cause a dip in production. “Production in te…

Latin American trade Bloc looks to Arab Nations ...

Mercosur keen to profit from Arab markets
by Staff Writers
Brasilia, Brazil (UPI) Feb 29, 2012

Latin America's Mercosur trade bloc is keen to profit from Arab cash investments and expanding consumer markets while talks with the European Union on a free trade agreement remain stalled, officials said.

Brazilian government ministers have been wooing Arab investors after a visit to the United Arab Emirates and plans for similar initiatives in other oil-rich Arab states in the Persian Gulf region.

A Mercosur-Arab trade deal is far from sealed but Brazil made a promising start, winning pledges of Arab direct investments in the country and greater access to the gulf's consumer markets.

Brazil has been cultivating the Arab region for decades and ran a lucrative arms trade with former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein during Iraq's 1980s conflict with Iran.

Despite winning new concessions, however, Brazil ruled out an early deal on Arab petrochemical exports to Latin America, a key topic for…

Cocaine traffic rerouting through Central America & ALBA countries .... ...

Cocaine seizures drop in Mexico as traffic moves to Central America, international board says

By Associated Press, Published: February 28

MEXICO CITY — Cocaine seizures have dropped precipitously in Mexico in recent years, and a top U.N. drug-control official said Tuesday the trade appeared to be moving to Central America because of law enforcement pressure and infighting among cartels.

Mexican officials seized 53 tons of cocaine in 2007 and only 10 tons last year, according to a report Tuesday from the International Narcotics Control Board, which monitors global drug-control agreements.

Antonio Mazzitelli, representative in Mexico of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, said traffickers are diverting their cocaine operations elsewhere, but he cautioned that seizures of drugs produced inside Mexico, like methamphetamine and marijuana, remain stable.

The government of President Felipe Calderon has funneled tens of thousands of federal police and troops into a six-year fight against drug cart…

Coca production on the rise in Peru ...

Peru coca crops on the rise for fifth consecutive year (Photo: USI)
By Manuel Vigo February 28, 2012

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Mango Industry concerned as Western Australia region targeted by fruit flies ...

Native fruit flies are attacking horticultural crops more frequently around Broome. (Ben Collins)

Broome becoming a hub for fruit flies

By Matt Brann

Thursday, 01/03/2012

Fruit growers in the tourism town of Broome, Western Australia, are losing more produce to fruit fly, with the number of pests increasing dramatically over the past year.

The Department of Agriculture is worried that if fruit fly numbers keep growing in Broome, it will increase the risk of the pest spreading to major horticultural regions in the south of WA and also the Ord Irrigation Scheme to the north east.

Senior entomologist Bill Woods says placing restrictions on all fruit leaving Broome needs to be considered.

"I think we need to think about having some sort of movement restrictions on fruit coming out of Broome before the next mango season and we also need to think about trying to knock the population down in Broome, but I don't think eradication is possible."…

First mangoes hit the markets in India ...

Long winter may push up Junagadh Alphonso prices

Source: DNA | Last Updated 04:00(01/03/12)

Ahmedabad: With summer all set to hit Ahmedabad, the king among the fruits in the season, mango is likely to eat away your money more this year.

As of now, Totapuri and mango from Kerala have started arriving in Ahmedabad wholesale fruit markets and the price is bit higher. But in case of Alphonso of Junagadh and Talala mango yard, the fruit is delayed by a month. Delay and higher demand is likely to make the Junagadh alphonso expensive by 100% or double the previous year’s price. Last year, the Alphonso from Junagadh was sold at around Rs250 per box which had 35 to 36 mangoes.

“This year, it is too early to predict, as flowering has just begun due to prolonged winters. But due to corporate company’s contract farming, the mangoes availability in domestic market will be less. Secondly the arrival is delayed which may result the cost of the 35 mangoes box to be more than Rs500 which was Rs235 to …

This article has nothing to do about mangoes and everything to do about hope for women in Africa ...

No Longer "Waiting for the Mangoes to Ripen"
By Lewis Mwanangombe

The Barotse Flood Plain, about 190 kilometres long and 70 km wide, floods during the peak rainy season that starts in late January.

Credit:Lewis Mwanangombe/IPS

LUSAKA, Feb 29, 2012 (IPS) - Eight years ago when Mary Sitali’s husband divorced her, by sending a traditional letter to her parents saying that he no longer wanted her and they could "marry her to any man of your choice - be he a tall or a short man, the choice being entirely yours," she returned to her village in rural Zambia with their two children and no way of supporting them.

At home in Kandiana village, in Zambia’s Western Province, her late father allowed her to farm his two pieces of land, about a quarter of a hectare each, while the then 51-year-old Sitali waited for another man to marry her, and while her father continued to maintain ownership of the land.

The village is on the fringes of the Barotse Flood Plain, about 190 kilo…


Hyundai Hikes North America-Latin America Rates

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Feb 29, 2012 7:46PM GMT The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story
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Carrier will hike rates to Argentina, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay
Hyundai Merchant Marine plans a general rate increase effective April 15 for shipments from the U.S. and Canada to Argentina, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay. The carrier said the incr